Untitled (18), 2009, oil on linen, 18 x 15 inches
Untitled (10), 2009, oil on linen, 17 x 15 inches
Untitled (21), 2009, oil on linen, 18 x 16 inches
2010 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, Installation view
The strange inner light and deep shadows of Lesley’s paintings keeps my eye flowing up, around, over and behind their insinuated dimensionality like a lunar rover! And yet these images are expressions of simple still life setups. Each is completed in a day.
Explains the artist, “The works start out with still lifes—I set up a still life in a dark box in my studio. I have a collection of organic materials, like rocks, shells and horns-sometimes I use a chunk of ceramic. I do each painting in a day, so [the paint] all sits as one layer. It’s strange, because the paintings almost look like collage. But I want the image to all be in one layer, so you can’t trace the steps backward to the original still life. They only work as their own reality. And yet, they contain moments of the original still life: shadows that don’t make sense, but that were there in the beginning.”